Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) goes back thousands of years ago. It is considered as one of the oldest forms of medicine. Although some changes occurred over the centuries. TCM practitioners typically use acupuncture and Chinese herbs as a form of treatment. But aside from this, there are still other types of modalities used for treating different syndromes. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used as a standalone treatment as well as a complementary treatment combined with evidence-based medicine (EBM).

Its main idea is that a vital force of life, known as Qi, dominates in our body. This means that when there is an imbalance in Qi, then it can result in various diseases and illnesses. It is commonly believed that these imbalances are caused by some changes in the opposite as well as on its corresponding forces in the Qi, also known as the yin and yang.

The ancient Chinese held the belief that humans are just part of the larger universe that surrounds us. Additionally, we are being connected with nature as well as its forces. The key is to achieve a balance between health and disease. TCM aims to regain its balance by using specific treatments for each individual.

It is thought that to restore this balance, there must be a balance between the body organs and the elements of the earth such as water, fire, etc. There are several types of treatments that are needed to restore this balance. This includes acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, massage, herbal medicines and meditation exercises such as tai chi.


Integrative healthcare approach combining Eastern and Western practices - What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture is part of TCM. This is commonly practiced in Western medicine. Acupuncture is a special type of practice wherein the practitioners will invigorate some parts of your body. Most often, they will insert needles on your skin. Based on some studies, acupuncture can encourage the release of the natural painkillers. At the same time, it can influence the parts of the brain which processes pain.

Several studies have shown that acupuncture can help in relieving chronic pains such as neck pain, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and knee pain. It can even help in preventing migraine headaches and reducing the occurrence of tension headaches.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a form of exercise that incorporates breathing, specific postures, mild movements, relaxation, and mental concentration. Studies show that practicing tai chi can help in enhancing balance and strength. This is perfect for older people as well as those who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. At the same time, it can help in reducing pain caused by osteoarthritis. It is also valuable in treating back pain and fibromyalgia. Tai chi is also effective in improving the attitude of those who have heart failure. Overall, it can promote quality of life.

Chinese Herbal Products

Based on a national survey, it was discovered that one in five Americans are using Chinese herbal products. Several studies have been conducted with regards to its treatment in several health issues including heart disease, respiratory diseases, stroke, and mental disorders. So far, there are no confirmations yet in connection to its effectiveness.


This is a type of practice wherein a spongy herb known as mugwort is burnt. This is done to stimulate qi and bolster blood. After heating the herb, it will be placed above the acupuncture needle. However, it can also be placed in a stagnant area.


Moxibustion therapy utilizing burning mugwort to stimulate energy flow - What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
In this technique, one of more glass will be placed on a certain part of the skin. Commonly, it is placed on the stomach or at the back. Cupping is considered as one of the ancient forms of TCM. The cups can remain on the skin for several minutes or shift across the skin. Cupping can cause red marks on the skin and sometimes slight bruising. Practitioners reveal that this technique can help in accelerating the lymphatic system. Consequently, it can also help in improving blood circulation.

Chinese Massage

This technique is also known as Tui Na or Acupressure. This type of therapeutic massage is specially intended for the precise needs of the individual. This practice has been used by practitioners in bringing their bodies back into balance. The fact is practitioners thought that the impacts of Chinese massage is more or less the same with acupuncture. That is why, most often, this is referred as acupuncture with no needles.

Westchester Acupuncture offers Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Acupuncture can help in relieving headaches and migraines. Additionally, it can also help in treating chronic back, neck, and knee pain as well as a wide range of other illnesses. Chinese Herbal Medicine is an ancient type of treatment that is used way back 2500 years ago.

It is comprised of a plethora of medicinal plants as well as animal and mineral substances. We also offer a variety of therapies so we can customize your treatment based on your specific ailments. If you want to set up an appointment or there are some questions that you want to ask about services, then you can call us at (917) 273-8912.